Posted by: Kaplan Schweser
Updated: April 3, 2020
The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) has announced changes to the FRM® Exam in 2020 to help candidates stay current on the essential knowledge and skills required of a financial risk management professional. Study materials and knowledge areas for Part I of the exam have been updated, and the fee is increasing. Part II has a new section and new topic weights. Let’s take a closer look at how the FRM Exam is changing.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GARP has announced that May FRM exam has been postponed to October 24, 2020, **except in India **because of the holidays there. GARP will provide more details later in 2020, including when and where the India testing will occur.
Much of the content in Part I of the exam has changed. All knowledge areas have been updated, especially in the sections on Foundations of Risk Management and Quantitative Analysis. GARP has also made the material clearer and more concise, so there are now 60 readings in the 2020 FRM Part I curriculum instead of 69, and 59 have been rewritten. GARP SMEs wrote the new content in-house, so it is no longer a collection of readings from various risk management textbooks and authors. As a result, Learning Objectives have new content designed to increase their effectiveness.
All topics in the FRM Part I curriculum are featured in a new custom eBook that exam candidates will receive after registering. GARP will send them an email about how to access the eBook, which will also be available for purchase in print.
In addition, the Part I registration fees are increasing as follows:
The FRM Part II exam has a new Liquidity and Treasury Risk section, and the previous Operational Risk section is now called Operational Risk and Resiliency. Because of the new section, the topic weights for Part II have changed as follows:
In addition, other areas of the FRM Part II curriculum were updated to reflect the new liquidity and treasury risk section and the refocus of operational risk to include resiliency. Plus, the Current Issues section has been substantially revised. There are 101 readings in the 2020 Part II curriculum as a result. 34 of these are new. (Get tips on how to answer Part II questions on these topics in this article.)
To help candidates understand what has been updated, these four guides are available for download from the GARP website:
For more details on the changes to the FRM Exam and its requirements, read our exam FAQ article.
Because of the changes to Part I and Part II of the FRM exam, it is important to have the most up-to-date study materials. Learn more here.
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